There are 6.1 ROM's that have the new version of IE.
There are also several other browser options including Opera Mini, Skyfire, Opera Mobile, etc.
FTouchFlo will add finger friendliness to every program and is a good add on for the slightly older builds of 6.1 that do not have the finger friendly features added to the few MS programs that MS programmed it into in the newer builds. I actually prefer the ROMs that do not have the finger friendly versions because then it's easier to use FTouchFlo and add it to all my programs. If you have the newer builds it is much harder to figure out how to exclude the built in programs so that FTouchFlo does not conflict with the built in gesture handling.
Factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note2 N7100 // Stock
Telus HTC Touch Pro2 <-- Dead
Telus HTC P4000 <-- Dead